what is a protected left turn?

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  • A protected left turn is a green/red arrow on the traffic light pointing left. Traffic coming from the other direction is stopped while motorists can turn left on a green arrow.

    If you live on the west coast, you see these at almost every large intersection. If you live on the east coast, chances are you’ve never even seen one. 🙂 It’s a lot more common on the east coast to have a delayed green light – where motorists get a few seconds to make their left turn before traffic going the other direction gets a green light.

  • Protected Left Turn

  • A protected left lane turn is one where you can safely turn without having to worry about on coming traffic hitting you, because the light in front of them is red.

  • I almost always pull out a bit to protect my turn. However, if it’s severely backed up traffic, I don’t bother. People in Albuquerque will do anything to get through a stale yellow, so it’s kind of dangerous.

  • A left turn with the right of way when all opposing traffic is stopped.

  • When you have a left-turn arrow, and oncoming traffic is stopped for you. When the arrow goes off, they are coming at you!

  • Maybe a special left turn lane?

  • I learned this before, but forgot

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